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2020 BANQUET: What are the vegetarian options?

Sun, 04/19/2020 - 18:45
As stated...what are the buffet's vegetarian options?

1/72, British Improvise APC, Dublin, 1916

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 13:20
During the Easter Rebellion in 1916, the British Army employed a group of improvised APCs made out of railroad engine parts mounted on a truck chassis with improvised armor for the cab, engine and drive train. The cylinder on the rear is actually four railroad engine smoke boxes bolted together with the door on the rear most one functioning as the entry hatch. They then cut holes in the sides so the soldiers inside could fire out of the vehicle without dismounting, but reports say they usually didn't due to the noise and smoke it produced inside. They also painted "dummy" holes to fool snipers. These vehicles were generically known as "Boilers" and took several forms. This is more of a representation of one of them rather than an exact replica. I started with a Roden London Bus kit for the frame, suspension and drive train. Then I scratch built everything above that. Note the workmanship is not particularly precise. It wasn't on the real vehicles either. Convenient coincidence with my skill level.

Using a Pinhole camera to force perspective on scale models

Sat, 04/18/2020 - 11:34
Here is a link to my old website on the pinhole macro photography techniques I improved. It was submitted via article to Fine Scale Modeler journal a long time ago. Table of Contents I will migrate site sometime I been saying this for a decade now. See sample images below.

1/48 Trumpeter ERA-3B Skywarrior - VAQ-33

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 09:11
This next build is Trumpeter’s 1/48 ERA-3B of VAQ-33. This is being built for a Chief Petty Officer who was part of the air crew. The Douglas A-3 Skywarrior was originally built as a jet bomber in the 1950’s. It evolved into a few variants. The KA-3 was used as a refueling craft. The ERA-3B was an ELINT (Electronic Intelligence) role used in Viet Nam and for many years during the Cold War. It performed briefly during the Gulf War then was finally retired in September 1991. I will be adding photo etch details from Eduard. Starting with the cockpit I detailed the 3 seats, rear bulkhead, dash and equipment rack. The photo etch set even includes the handles for the electronic equipment. I then built up the nose radar assembly and the nose gear bay. There were no extra details for the radar but the nose gear bay had detailed photo etch walls and wiring. I added some hydraulic lines as well with 32awg wire. Next was the electronic ELINT cabin that sits behind the cockpit. There were no details except for seat belts so I added some cushions using cloth tape. Next up will be detailing the main gear bays then assembling the fuselage. See all the details and more photos in my build log at https://davidsscalemodels.com/build-log/1-48-era-3b-skywarrior-vaq-33/

Stoppel Decals

Thu, 04/16/2020 - 19:15
So this is a question and, for older members, a walk down memory lane. I recently needed some Czech markings and some codes. The only ones that fit the bill were from old Stoppel sheets. I have always loved these decals. The colours are brilliant and very opaque and dense. But the best part is - there is no visible decal film! Each image is just the image, whether insignia or letter or number. The company that printed them was Permeta in Denmark. Now, I know they are a bit thick, but I will trade that any day for dense colour and no #$&%§ film with which to cope. ( This was particularly useful on this natural metal finish. ) But why, does anyone know, did they stop making them? Also, why has no other decal printer copied the process, whatever it was, to make such unique and, I think, really good decals? Is the secret lost like how they made stained glass windows in the Middle Ages? I should add that I bought these sheets 50 or more years ago! They worked fine! Anybody remember these? Thanks. Nick

Thinning Mig Satin Lucky Varnish ?

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 21:24
I have purchased Mig's Lucky Varnish in satin as a final finish for a aircraft model which I have completed. They advise that no thinning for airbrushing is needed and that it is water based. I have had the bottle for about 6 months and it looks like there is rust forming at the base of the bottle, do they use steel balls as a agitator ? If so how will this effect the final finish. I have tried to spray the varnish on a donor spare wing and am not happy with the finish. Can anyone recommend a good Satin finish for my top coat. Thank you in advance.

This new thing

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 12:29
I`m new here...this guy joined up some 9 ? years back and well it`s been a long time coming (no, i did not just get out of jail) I`m mostly over on arcair don`t like to stroll too far off into the distance it would seem

Hello from Alberta Canada

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 12:38
Hi all. Thanks for allowing me to join this group. I have done a few models in the past but never with great detail. It was over 30 years ago and I never really had the patience and was always in a rush to get them done. I recently started a new model ship with my 13 year old son and spent more time on doing it right. I will make a separate post with a few more details and pictures on how they turned out. I look forward to learning from this group and building more models! have a great day everyone.

1/48 P-51A "speed build"...

Mon, 04/13/2020 - 00:16
Built this to participate in a couple of "lockdown/speed builds" on Face Book. Generally OOTB build except for bombs from the spares box and cutting the kit canopy open. Markings are for the Air Commandos in the CBI in 1943, and are a spurious mix of kit a spare decals. Got this one done in less than 14 days...(and it shows in spots! ) Questions, comments, and critiques welcome, as always! Gil

Look on eBay for Coastal kits, main site is down to Covid. Still can be ordered on eB

Sat, 04/11/2020 - 13:06
Look on eBay for Coastal kits, main site is down to Covid. Still can be ordered on eBay for same price scales are from 1/35 to 1/2000 I believe. Many designs and concepts.

MK44 SternenKnight

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 17:49
With so much time at home I was able to finish this one. Additional images can be found here: MK44 SternenKnight

Eduard 1:72 MiG-15

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 02:11
I started this just after my daughter was born. It was fraught by so many frustrations she's six now (and she herself nearly totaled the model just after painting started!). All the gory details will be in the Journal at some point. This is a historic plane - the first mount of Sergey Kramerenko, the first pilot to score five victories over enemy jets (so, the first jet ace).

Aurora (Atlantis) 1/48(?) Stalin III

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 18:58
This is a real not-so-golden-oldie. The original kit dates from the early 50's, but this is the Atlantis re-release. It's not up to the standard of their M-46, but it's a fun build. Forget accuracy. Other than getting the general shapes correct, all the detail is missing and/or wrong. However, in their defense, they did not exactly have access to detailed drawings and photos at the time, only blurry images taken by military attaches at parades. The Russians never used the Stalin III in its intended role. Closest it got was its use on the Chinese frontier as a dug in pill box. Shortly after the war, it morphed into the T-10 and then the T-10M. It did scare NATO into developing the British Conqueror and the US M-103 to counter it. It was used in action in the Near East and in the Indo-Pakistani wars. This is it OOTB with the exception of replacing the grab handles on the turret as they are such a prominent feature and I also added the retainer straps, end handles and filler caps on the fuel tanks as they were pretty bland without them. The track sag is not an attempt at realism, but rather was needed as the tracks are too long, so I had to take up the slack somehow.

radio antenna on Flying Tiger P-40

Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:42
I'm working on P-40 #68 of Charles Holder. The few photos I find don't clearly show the antenna wire/connections on the plane. Was it the standard for P-40 of the time, i.e., behind cockpit to tail, to both wingtips? Can anyone offer guidance? Thanks.

LF: Any 144th scale B-36 bomber model/kit

Wed, 04/08/2020 - 15:55
Looking for a 1/144th B-36 model kit, preferably a later variant. Partially built models and generally intact, derelict hulks OK, too. Gotta be 144th scale, however. That 1/185 retro-Revell kit won't do. Anybody wanna get rid of one? Whatchya build? Maybe we can trade somethin'. Yeah, those Hobbycraft kits came & went and I just...didn't...grab...one... Thanx for looking.

Display Case Question

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 17:03
Just wondering what people are doing with regard to displaying your completed models. Do you have a large case such that you can keep adding to it? Do you have limited space and only put out your most recent models? This is my situation and I've been having to put older models into storage (carefully packed in a box and stored in the attic). Perhaps you donate them to a local library, institution or friend/relative that likes the particular subject? Just curious!

Embassy Suites Airport Shuttle

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 13:17
I am aware of the Wednesday/Thursday shuttle that has been arranged for taking people from the airport to the hotel, but does the hotel itself have a shuttle going back to the airport Sunday morning? I couldn't find any info about this on their website. I'm looking at an 0530 flight home, and I'd rather not spend the money on a rental car all week. What's the Lyft/Uber situation like around San Marcos?

Nick here is the pdf from the CDC website now public domain. CDC Testing procedure

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 12:56
Nick here is the pdf from the CDC website now public domain. CDC Testing procedure

Beau Geste Gary Cooper

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 22:10
After recuperating from my surgery, I finally got to my hobby desk and the last figure I was working on was the Cary Cooper Beau Geste bust. the kit was produced by Norbert Ossner and sculpted by Alejandro Lopez Ramirez The kit is in 3 resin pieces - the bust, base, and frame for the movie poster. The movie poster printout is also added. Following the movie poster printout and a colorized photo, I added the base colors: During today's session, I put the finishing touches on Gary Cooper. For the base I put down some glue and then dusted it with Chinchilla Dust. This is stuff you can buy at a good pet store. Evidently Chinchillas don't use water so they take dust baths. This dust is incredible fine, and works well in many scales. I bought the 3lb jug, and it'll last more than a lifetime. When it's all dry I painted it with V's Dark Sand. To give a highlight I added a little Ivory to the Sand color. Then I thought it needed a little something, and made a few bullet holes with a drill bit. Filled in the divot with Vs Orange Brown, but that didn't stand out enough, so I added some black pastels to the holes. Don't know if that would ever happen, but... what the heck. From there I made the wooden frame for the movie poster looked bleached out and again added more glue and dust to make it look like sand blew onto the bottom of the frame. Then looking at the poster it seemed too new, so I mist coated it with matte clear coat to protect the ink, and then aged it with Citadel's Sepia. From there I added a few dust streaks with a pastel that matched the Dark Sand. I glued the poster to the frame, the frame to the wall and I was done. Thanks for looking.

Replacement canopy

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 23:07
Hi! First post. I have an Aurora F4H Phantom kit (1961), 1:48 scale that I was in the middle of building but I have lost the canopy for it. Anyone know how I could get a replacement, one piece canopy that will fit? I *think* it was a 'flat' canopy, one of the early F4Hs. Thanks!